‘Maternity leave will be increased to 28 weeks’, says Bandaru Dattatreya

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Union Minister for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya said today tht maternity leave would be increased to 28 weeks from the existing 12 weeks.

Bandaru Dattatreya inaugurated the two day general body meeting of All India State Bank of India Staff Federation here, he announced this while pointing out that the government was examining the existing Labour laws with a view to reform and consolidate them.

Under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, the quantum of leave employers in the private sector ought to provide is 12 weeks. The Act regulates the employment of women in specified establishments for certain period before and after the birth of the child and lists the maternity benefits. He said that steps were also required to address the gender bias existing trade union leadership level.

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